"anyone keen to help can make a donation"
To help Adila with her mission, the island’s close-knit community has bandied together to help fund Can Hog. In its initial stages, Adila herself was funding the food, housing and medical bills of each hedgehog patient, but in recent months there’s been a definite spike in support from island residents. Fundraisers have been held on Can Hog’s behalf, hedgehog-inspired car stickers are being sold at shops across the island, and some people have been offering their time and attention to help try and lighten the load. While all this is brilliant, there’s much more that can be done. “I’m trying to get more people involved to help me,” Adila says. And we can each play a part.
For starters, anyone keen to help can make a donation – just a small amount can help with weekly feeding costs and help towards its care bills. Adila has created a social media group where each member pays just one euro a month towards supporting the hedgehogs, and naturally the more people on board, the better. It’s a relatively unnoticeable amount but it makes a huge difference on a hedgehog’s path back to health. Islanders can also help by fostering a hedgehog. Initial treatment for conditions like lungworm usually takes around 10 days, but after this point, the hedgehogs just need a little tender loving care. It’s a huge help – firstly because it frees up space at the sanctuary, and secondly because it allows Adila to accept more hedgehogs that are in more imminent danger. Once they’ve been given the all clear, they can be released back into the wild, in a specially sourced location that’s far away from roads, swimming pools, and other dangers.